COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC. 151 furniture, and the Palais de PEgalite is full of auctions every night, where things sell very low. December iqth, 1796. I am in a new lodging in the Rue Honore,1 opposite I'Assomption. There is nothing between me and the garden of the Tuileries but a wall, so that I have the sun on my windows from the time of its rising at this season of the year, and am very comfortable; but the frost is intense. I have had the first conference, and dined to-day with Cottrau, the chef de bureau, and his wife, a very pretty woman, at Sir George Chad's, a Norfolk man, lately dubbed. He came strongly recommended to Cottrau, who has got him pass- ports to go through France and Italy to the baths of Pisa. He seems a good sort of man and invited me to a sumptuous vepas, having met me at the Bureau. December x6th, 1796. I am frozen by the fireside. Poor Major Gall has been pursued by misfortunes; for no sooner i The word Saint was abolished.